The grave that they dug him had flowers
Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors
When the wars of our nation did beckon,
A man barely twenty did answer the calling.
Proud of the trust that he placed in our nation,
But eternity knows him, and it knows what we’ve done.
–The Grave by Don McLean
Tony Snow, representing the President of the United States:
Q Tony, American deaths in Iraq have reached 2,500. Is there any response or reaction from the President on that?
MR. SNOW: It’s a number, and every time there’s one of these 500 benchmarks people want something.
Cpl. Michael A. Estrella, 20, of Hemet, Calif., died June 14 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
I’m not sure if Michael Estrella is exactly #2500, it’s hard to tell with the way that the Pentagon releases fatality information. Regardless, even if he was 2497 or 2504, he wasn’t just “a number” and I’m sure his family would want him back.